B.A. in Sociology and Legal Studies — Northwestern University
Ms. Atwell is committed to growing nurturing therapeutic bonds that encourage clients to discover and embody more expansive, joyful and sustainable ways of being. During her graduate training, her clinical practice focused on youth, including residential work with adolescent males at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School, individual therapy and trans-identified support group facilitation at Live Oak Chicago, and school-based clinical social work with middle school-aged children at a charter school in Chicago's Englewood community.
After earning a master of social work (A.M.) degree from the University of Chicago in 2016, Ms. Atwell returned to her Florida hometown to practice community mental health with adolescents, young adults and their families. Concurrently, she received training as a labor and postpartum doula, inspiring her commitment to the mental health concerns of mothers and all birthing people, as well as the families they are building. She has recent experience as a postgraduate fellow with Chicago Center for Contemporary Psychotherapy, partnering with young adults and people entering midlife to understand and then integrate past trauma experiences into present healing and empowerment. As part of The Family Institute's community, Ms. Atwell sees individual and family clients, and she works in the Chicago and Evanston offices.